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republic and columnist at the "new york daily news" and amy goodman, author and, of course, host of "democracy now." this week president obama anoupsed three cabinet nominations all white men. the five departures which as of wednesday include hilda solace to our males. the appointments have called into question the president's commitment to diversity in his second term, concerns by a mick kmur in "the new york times" on tuesday, showing president obama last month in the oval office surrounded by his closest advisers discussing fiscal cliff negotiations. 1 of 11 is a woman, valerie jarrett who's leg is barely visible. that picture is not fully illustrative of the president's record. according to the "new york times" 43% of mr. obama's appointees have been women. that's roughly the same as clinton and one-third more than
george w. bush and he's nominated female judges at twice the rate of president bush and more women, minority and gay judges than any previous president has. on wednesday, white house press secretary jay carney defend tornado president's record. >> the president's senior staff here is well -- women are well recommended in the president's senior staff here. two of the three deputies, deputy chiefs of staff are women. the white house council is a woman. a woman runs homeland security for this country. secretary that nepolitano. the cabinet secretary in charge of the most piece of domestic policy generation is a woman, kathleen sebelius. look at the record. it's a vast improvement. >> i am of two minds about this story. one, this was kind troling and
little bit of a trap. the photo spoke with such a powerful photo that it ended up sort of dominating the actual content of the art cal that was below the photo which said, look, this is one-third better than previous administration equal can bottom line and deep problems in the pipeline. at the same time, i think also, there's that photo is not nothing. i mean, it says something about what the inner circle is. i'm curious what you guys think about invented issue or real issue? >> i think it's important that we're having discussion but i think it way more complicated than the photo. we've had a year of photos and there's another one of a bunch of people to speak in congress about birth control none of whom were women so we're sensitized to this conversation. but fundamentally what's interesting is why we're having it and a little bit deeper about what it means for what comes next. 1 of 3 people who voted in this election were women who voted for obama. we had a discussion about
binders of women. we're having this discussion about the cabinet largely because of how we got here. i think the personal matters but what that means for the policy actually would be a much more interesting conversation. >> i think part of the reason was -- we'll play a little bit of the binder for women. it became a tag looib after mitt romney told the story in one of the debates. take a look. >> i've got to tell you we don't have to collect a bunch of binders to find qualified, talented, driven young women. >> the idea to go and ask where a qualified woman was, come to my house. he didn't need a binder. >> what does that mean? what does that mean? why is joe biden hiding qualified women in his house? >> what i better than joe biden. >> i agree. i'm grad we're talking about it. that photo had about a dozen people in it. the reality is there's 22 members of the cabinet and
cabinet-level positions. eight of them are women. another five are minority men. so it's not like that photo is exactly representative of the cabinet. that's one thing. and the other thing is the groups that are engaged many the clutching of the pearls on this are number one, republicans, who, come on, seriously, they couldn't even find any women to talk about birth control and they're obsessing over women's reproductive health and the beltway media which is not exactly teeming with women either. so i think it's a little bit of trolling. but, of course, the first term of a president is like freshman year. you have to surround the people that are good for you and the second term is like you're an upper classmen and you pick your roommates and it looks like from the past three highs picking bros, only guys but he's picking three very high-profile positions. not the whole cabinet. >> generally, i'm a little
skeptical of the value of what we these days, call conversations with a capital "c." but in this case i think it's important. >> my whole show is founded on the premise of that. >> we have to talk about it when we're talking about sensoring somebody for their moral views. if we looked 50 years ago with the obama administration it would be hard to say he had a woman problem. nevertheless, the fact is, we need to keep in mind especially at this pivotal time extent there's a problem with women, news stories saying women are, perhaps, more reluctant to take jobs that require longer house than we've seen anne marie slaughter article at that. we need to keep that in mind. you and i both, as fathers of young children, see how difficult it can be to do anything @after 5:00 p.m. if you're concerned with a child to the extent that burden falls disproportionately on women and we need to keep having that conversation so i'm glad to see
that come up. >> and we have to talk about diversity of political opinion. on the issue of women, go back to president obama's first term welcome a large group of women, leaders, who were then his cabinet and within the white house, gather with him to say, we may be here but we want to be heard. there was an uprising at the very beginning. and then now, look at who's leaving. hilda solace, the department of labor, first latino secretary of labor, extremely progressive. looking at. >> lisa jackson. >> lisa jackson who may well be leaving among other issues, because of keystone excel. we don't know where obama is coming down but the pipeline that would bring dirty oil from canada to the gulf of mexico that goes to the issue of climate change so you're losing not only women but very progressive people and what is replacing them. in the bigger pick kbhur jack lew, jacob lew who very much
follows in timothy geithner's footsteps and people are asking serious questions about him and we'll talk about accountability. looking
at john brennan. and what it means for him to head the cia. the man who came out of the bush administration, identified with they call it enhanced interrogation techniques. one might call it torture. drone attacks. these are the serious issues that have to be looked at diversity and always. >> i think you raise a good point. which seats women are in. there are three seats with women as treasury secretary, defense secretary and veterans' affairs and back to that photo, the fiscal cliff conversation that where women are sitting, the first woman ever appointed, was the labor secretary. we have a good history of women in the labor position. what about treasury secretary and defense? what difference does this make? so where they sit really matters. >> one thing this issue brings up so -- the idea of these kind of disingenuous attacks from
republicans on this. which has been interesting to me because i tweeted out the photo of "the
times" photo. i had the good fortune of coming up in the world of lefty media that i can't recalling being in a meeting with 11 men and one woman. i don't think as a general rule that's a good idea in any case for anything other than maybe an nfl football team. like i don't understand why you would have a meeting where that was the case. i tweeted it out and it got retweeted by a bunch of conservatives like, ha, ha, you women of america, you've been punked by the administration. here's mike huckabee doing his best at this. take a look. >> you remember back during the democratic convention how he accused the republicans of waging a war on women? and he made the democratic convention mostly about abortion and free contraceptives.
and a lot of women must have believed it because he got 55% of the female vote, mitt romney, 44%. but now a lot of those females who support barack obama are scratching their heads and saying, whoa, how come there's so much testosterone in the obama cabinet and so little estrogen? give them contraceptives and abortions but don't worry about positions of authority. they shouldn't be asking for such things. >> well, that seems like a fair and reasonable attack. we'll talk about that clip right after we take a break. with multiple lacerations to the wing and a fractured beak. surgery was successful, but he will be in a cast until it is fully healed, possibly several months. so, if the duck isn't able to work, how will he pay for his living expenses? aflac. like his rent and car payments? aflac. what about gas and groceries? aflac. cell phone? aflac, but i doubt he'll be using his phone for quite a while cause like i said, he has a fractured beak.
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about this and i'm not aware of anybody that does he did put himself on the line to try to have what would have been in this photograph, a person, susan rice, who is one, black, two, a woman, and three, unrelated to either one of those things, not somebody who has exactly known for the most butter smooth personality in terms of getting along with people. there's a kind of larry summers abrasiveness aspect to her yet the idea was that she would be secretary of state. he meant if that didn't work out but it's hard for me to forget that in terms of what's going on now. so i think it's a ridiculous charge because of rice alone. >> and by the way, when she was put forward and we don't know if she was the first pick but when she was put forward she was immediately attacked and a25kd in the most debasing terms by people like john mccain saying, she's not smart enough and really attacked her in such an ugly way that i think it's ironic that anyone from the party having seen and witnessed and participated in that would turn the charge around on the president. >> so there's an interesting
question here, i think, which is -- who has standing to make this claim? which i think ends up being the kind of second beat of the conversation because i've seen people respond to and i think, completely legitimately respond to it by being the white house press core. hello? have you seen the white house press core? white men and white men and white men and some women. >> the operative word, the first word, the white house press core. >> and media broadly is incredibly male and incredibly white. and so the question is -- who has the standing to make the claim? i think people -- there's some kind of understandable resistance to anyone attacking the white house be it seems like it's kind of a cop-out. it's the president of the united states and the diversity of viewpoint and like you said during the break, in terms of people and where they're coming from from a class perspective. >> i think it's interesting not only to think about this in the
space of cabinet appointments. the business world is woefully behind everywhere. religious institutions that if we make change in this space we are need to make it across the board. and that it's telling and that there's an interaction of these different groups. >> then there's this resistance to how that's done. the keep question is -- okay, if we all say this is a goal and i think there's a broad, social consensus that it should be a goal, the breakdown comes along implementing it, right? you get into this -- i thought this was very interesting interaction of our one of our second producers found. this is back in clinton -- bill clinton facing the exact same kind of charge and railing to andrea mitchell against the bean counters who were, essentially, auditing his diversity record. take a look. >> i think a president's staff and, net ought to look like america. i think it ought to look like america. >> today clinton rejected complaints from women's groups
that he hadn't delivered. >> people doing this talking are by and large are talking about quotas and i i don't believe believe in quotas. >> he was visibly angry critics are ignoring subcabinet appointees who are female into they would count against the administration, the bean counters. if i had appointed white men to that position and you know that's true. >> well, a question that we have to ask here is -- if we want to solve this problem and i think we all do, are we talking about combatting what's called "sexism?" for example, is the reason the white house press core has a certain problem with balance of types of people because they're there's people that think that women aren't as capable and therefore, the women don't get the jobs? if that's part of it, how much. and how much of sit a matter of combatting aspects of society which may be remnants of sexism along time ago or a longish time ago and are now just settled in such as the way companies have policies for childcare et cetera. those are tough questions to answer. i don't know if we can be scientific about it.
>> and it's a pipeline issue, too. if you think about where treasury secretaries come from you have to go back further than the president's week. they come from wall street and the federal reserve system. how many women and minorities are in that pipeline. the defense, and a lot of people had invested in michelle florio. somebody that enlisted in vietnam and you go back to chuck hagel and from that standpoint he provides that diversity. can women be in the military where they would be in a position to take that job so we6 to address issues of pipeline. it doesn't start at the presidential appointment. >> but the question is oh why are women not in the pipeline? what can be done about it in the present tense to fix it? those questions are just always difficult to answer and sometimes, difficult to talk about is what i found interesting. >> i also think there's this kind of social network question and i think in some ways that gets to be -- the real issue is
here. there's two questions about a, how should we measure this. all of the appointments, all the cabinet level appointments, who's in the inner circle because once you get to that it is a very male inner circumstance. >> except for valerie jarrett. is it a largely male inner circle? >> he's a man's man. >> and so the question becomes, who -- having lived in washington and watch this operate and my wife worked in the white house, so much of washington operates along the kind of spidering out of these social networks. who knows who. and that's how jobs and appointments happen. no one's -- there's not some batch applications coming in and somebody's reading through an application. it's, i worked with this person the last time we were in clinton and there's a lot of this momentum in certain directions of who is going to be there. and i thought it was interesting that charlie rangel on our air here made this critique. i want to play this clip and get
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it's embargs as hell. i think it's no excuse if it's the second term. if it's the first term you can say they had to know who was around them to get this job and i had thought and maybe so, it could be the harvard problem where people just know each other and trust each other and women and minorities don't get a chance to rub elbows and their representations and experiences is not known. he's had four years to work the bench to work the second team. so that in the second term, these people should be just as experienced as anybody -- any other american. >> you know it's interesting, speaking of the harvard problem. you had larry summers who was the president of harvard who famously and ultimately was forced out because his comments about women can't do math and science. he was treasury secretary and then timothy geithner and the
tradition is continuing. that's what equal opportunity is about. you have to go beyond the people you know and it has to be all over the country. that's what job searches are about. reaching out to people. not just your comfort zone and that will make a better country and it's not just for reasons. it's very practical when you look at the economy, for example. it would have been extremely practical to get someone who's not actually involved in the economic crisis. >> but you have to realize, with charlie rangel's critique the caveat is there's this long-standing kind of, not bitterness but separation between the cdc and the caucus members and barack obama. he kind of stepped outside of the black pipeline. he didn't play ball with them. >> and the sort of other version, i wouldn't call it the "harvard problem" but the basic social networks. the entire rise of barack obama was in some ways building a parallel set of networks to the one that had existed in
african-american politics particularly in primary states that had engendered a lot of frustration and anger. >> so whenever they get an opportunity to voice that frustration they do. >> but i thought the line about the harvard problem was an interesting and important one. you do see this -- and, you know, i'm in this, right? i've seen this firsthand because i've been embedded in that world. people that went to expensive fancy schools together know each other. people that work together at the same law firm, the ones that pay six figures, know each other and those networks of power are the networks in this administration and the administration before that and the administration before that, tended to channel people in and i don't know where the alternatives are. one alternative is the united states military which actually works as a fairly good engine of social mobility in terms of getting people through the ranks that come from all different walks of life but there isn't any kind of civilian version, i think, right now that in american life that's producing this kind of inclusive, you
know, engine of social mobility. to get people into those sorts of things. >> something worries me about calling it a network of power. even though it is, i think we're dealing also, with something that's human which are birds of a feather. not necessarily that you're thinking, we, who are white and in power, must keep it among ourself, the way, for example, white aristocrats did tend to think 50 years ago. it's who i know and who i hang out with. i don't think that's ever going to change so the answer seems to be that until we have the diversity we're looking for we have to counteract that natural human tendency and look beyond. >> that's why i think and we go back to the clinton quote about how should this be rectified. everybody hates quotas. quotas are bad. i'm pryo quotas. in the same way the format of a haiku poem or any kind of formal constraint producing innovation and creativity. the formal constraint of
something like a quota or going through and auditing and doing the numbers is going to force you to be more energetic and inventive and innovative and any outside of your comfort zone when thinking about staffing. >> it's like the rooney rule. >> great idea. >> explain the rooney rule. >> you didn't have african-americans rising to the level of coaching in the back end particularly in professional football and baseball and professional sports leagues there were no african-americans in the back office. >> and it was -- incredibly embarrassing optically where you have tons of african-american athletes coached exclusive ily by white men. >> so the idea was whenever a coaching position came up you had to consider a certain number of minorities, african-americans, before they made a selection process and it forced the league to become more diverse so i think sometimes you do need to do the bean counting. >> i think quotas complicate things. i ran a program in nepal to get women in political parties.
>> many countries around the world that have enshrined quotas. >> and the quotas if you look at us compared to many other countries it can make a difference. they're a means to an end, not an end, and they can be complicated. the people ran their sister or mother and people were not train trained and it disproved the point that women could be competent. round two was different but there's this question of, you know, what are we getting at. i think it's a way to get us in but in the end, the outcome is really different. i think back to the harvard question, there's an aspect of it that's the network and an aspect that harvard is very expensive. what it takes to get into this pipeline adds a whole other layer, i think part of this comes down to class. and who's being represented in different kmk capacities. it'sier to see the women and the gender or race in a photos. when it comes to diversity of opinion and how that's impacting policy which is where we should be taking the conversation. there's a lot of other layers to
this in the harvard problem. >> and you can have one can mamg, say, a national security team that was multiracial and uniformly neoconservative in its orientation. and i think there's a question about how do we tabulates that at the end of the day? >> that's sort of a black seat on the supreme court. that doesn't mean african-americans are happy with the people sitting in it. they loved thurgood marshall and now we have clarence thomas. >> i think it's how we allocate the diversity of opinion. it should mean diversity of individual's opinions rather than supposing that people who are in a certain category will have certain ideas because often those ideas might be the ones that we, depending on what we're like but the other side of the coin is when we might not like them so we look for an individual kind of diversity and that would include the class kind as well but that's hard to do in the present tension. >> and also, i think, the final component is life experience really does matter. having covered washington and
it's like, one of the things we try to do at this table is bring people who have a lot of different life experiences, served in the many reens or were homeless or are unemployed or socior socialologists and it produces people from various diverse grounds. >> i thought if congress lost their health care for a week the we would have universal health care if they had to deal with it. >> tire are ara mcinnis. we're next powerpoint e you lost. e you lost. when what you just bought, just broke. or when you have a little trouble a long way from home... as an american express cardmember you can expect some help. but what you might not expect, is you can get all this with a prepaid card.
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2003 and director of the terrorist threat integration center from 2003 to 2004 and director of the interim national counterterrorism center from 2004 to 2005. and he seemed to have the perfect resume in 2008 when his name was floated to head the agency but back then the central role he held at the cia post 9/11 and his full-throated on the record defense of the bush era policies of rendition and enhanced interrogation techniques short of water boarding which he says is torture, caused again win outrage. here's brennan in a 2007 interview. >> the cia has acknowledged it has detained about 100 terrorists since 9/11 and about a third have been subjected to what the cia refers to as enhanced interrogation tactics and only a small portion of those have been subjected to the most serious types of enhanced procedure. there have been a lot of information that's come out from the interrogation procedures that the agency has, in fact, used against the real hard did she core terrorists.
it's saved lives. they are hardened terrorists who were responsible for 9/11. shown no remorse for the death of 3,000 innocents. >> the backlash was so strong he withdrew his name and said it was immaterial to the critics that i'm a strong opponent to many of the politics of the bush administration such as coerrive interrogation tactics. instead he was appointed to be the president's chief counterterrorism advice or and he's been described as the architect of obama's war on killing, through drone strikes. four years later the concern about having brennan head the cir are muted and we hope the confirmation process will bring the necessary accounting of his role in not only president bush's role on terror. eli lake and chris anders. senior legislative council of the aclu washington, d.c. legislative office. >> thanks for having me. >> eli, from the -- i guess from
the perspective of the universe of security folks and let me say this before i started the conversation. i wanted cia people at the table and we couldn't get it done and in order to speak about this stuff they have to get with the agency and they -- said there was a backlog. we are trying to get cia people because i think the institutional bureaucratic perspective on this is really important and let me express my frustration with the fact that we can't have them here, a. and b., all these conversations happen shrouded behind secrecy. all this secret information we don't have access to and that's massively frustrating from the perspective of a democratic citizen. so that said, eli, where do you think folks around the sort of security apparatus, the kind of frontline officers and the civil servants and the cia, where do you think they are on the question of both brennan and the legacy of the bush years and the torture regime, in terms of how they think about it?
>> it's hard for me to give you a kind of universal this is what everybody in the cia thinks. i think there's clear a sense that when there was a question or potential for legal action in some capacity against cia officers even if personally i know there's plenty of cia officers who disagreed with these enhanced interrogation techniques but they thought they were basically being asked to do something to be their country and potentially would have -- many of them have had to take out insurance plans they thought they would be sued in some capacity. that was something that i think was a bullet that was somewhat dodged but that's leon panetta who takes over as the director of the agency and becomes its biggest advocate and eventually the justice department's rereview of those cases and that issue has largely subsided. >> meaning the justice department says, we're not going to prosecute anyone? >> what i gather is that they looked into it and decide not to go forward or re-open any of these particular cases.
but that, i know, was a huge issue and that gets to the whole functionality of the agency. if you have officers who think that when they're told to do something -- i mean, the cia, keep in mind, it breaks the law internationally espionage is against the law. and tell them they could face queenss later on how can you have a functioning. >> there's a different between break a law in another country and breaking the law in the u.s. >> i agree but the cia has a legacy of breaking lots of laws in order to do what's called "directed action" which is a euphamism. >> and how germane do you think john brennan's record is? >> i think very germane. during the bush administration, there were about a dozen
officials that were september up by the bush administration to the senate for basically, promotions. for better jobs. and looking for senate confirmations of them. the senate, with the exception of alberto gonzalez, rejected all of them or they withdrew on their own. and they had records and in some cases, i think they were probably less extensive than what john brennan has. they should take the same approach they took with the bush nominees. he was a central player at the cia. deputy executive director for a while and chief of staff to porter goss, bush' ci acha. he knew everything about the torture and the secret prisons that porter goss knew. >> and i'll hold that. we'll talk about the last four years at kourntd terrorism advice or after we take this break. ♪ if loving you is wrong
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senate should view this skeptically or do it like they did in the senate, embedded in at high levels in the cia during the torture regime, that's a kind of black mark on their record and i want to give the argument in opposition to that for a moment. which is, a., what eli is saying. it was -- they were told it was cleared by aolc. they said it was legal. it came the down from the white house. they are, you know, in the authority structure. they are a product of the executive branch telling them what they were doing was legal and also, i think in brennan's defense the fact that he came out and called waterboarding which is the most extreme of the methods that were put on the table, he called it torture, unambiguously in 2007. take a look. >> so was secretary rice correct today when they called it, a vital tool -- >> he said it's certainly subjecting a individual's severe pain and suffering which is the
classic definition of torture and i think it's inconsistent techbt with american values and something that should be prohibited. does that -- is that exculpatory in your view? >> he's not some cia agent at the line level. he was not out in the field. he was the deputy executive director. all the key points, he was chief of staff to porter goss during a lot of these key points. he wasn't a flew on the wall or someone at the bottom of the chain and one of the things i think is interesting to look at is -- when he withdrew his candidacy for this position four years ago, he wrote to then senator, i guess president elect at that point, obama, withdrawing his name and at the time he said that he had no role in the decisionmaking process for torture. but what we do know is that he knew everything about it. so one of the things that i think the senate's going to have to figure out is, is he kind after a fly on the wall?
cced on every memo or at one side of the spectrum. the other side of the spectrum is being, i guess, the decider. he's saying he wasn't the decider but there's a lot of space in between. and in d.c., chief of staff or deputy director, what they are usually implementers. not deciders or flies on the wall. they're implementers. and for someone at this level, if he was implementing this torture program, secret prison program, that's a big deal. >> i think that this discussion is complicated by the fact that everyone is implicated in this, right? congress is implicated. they have successively -- successive congresss had a hands-off approach to these ideas of torture. we don't know how much at the senior level congress even knew about what was going on. the things that the bush administration did that were every american. >> not just to every american. >> that's not true.
>> well -- to, well, that's important. they were done by the mush administration and they were all given a free pass. and somebody like this, i think, is not the implementer is not the person you need to look at. you need to look at the bush administration, all of whom got off scott free. >> and beyond the bush administration, the continuum of the bush administration to the obama administration. john brennan doesn't just come out of the bush administration he's been there for four years of president obama. and they're involved with the drone program. i just came from qatar where i was discussing climate and i went to al jazeera are and interviewed the only journalist held at guantanamo for years. he was never charged and released after six years. held in afghanistan and guantanamo. he was tortured and constantly interrogated about who were the bosses at al jazeera are. an astounding story of how this man was held and after freed after a 400 day hunger fast.
the reason i raise this is when people watch the senate confirmation hearings of john brennan, he's an example of one of the few voices of the voiceless that can describe the reality of what's happening on the ground add guantanamo. this is not just about jeanne brennan. it goes to president obama as well who promised to close it and it's now the fourth anniversary of president obama promising to close it. >> and congress blocked it. congress is implicated in that. that was one of the first executive orders the president signed and the democrats wouldn't vote for it. >> you're right. everyone is implicated here but john brennan, the inner circle of president obama and that goes to the issue of the drone wars as well. >> let me push back for a second and just defend congress and the senate for a moment. back during the bush administration, there were people who were put up for these positions. and one of john brennan's colleagues, john rizzo, who is at the time, acting general council of the cia, that's a
senate-confirmed patchy f senate-confirmed position, he had such a rough hearing and such a rough confirmation process that he was forced to withdraw his name from consideration for that position. there were other people, too. the candidate to be deputy attorney general of the justice department, tim flanagan, also withdrew his nomination. a number of other people including some top military leaders whose careers ended because of this. not the same as going to prison or not the same as being charged with a crime for a role in torture but it's a big deal in d.c. and the senate -- >> you can say that john brennan had to spend four years in the penalty box, right? that he didn't -- >> that's hardly a penalty box there that position. >> the penalty box being the white house. >> and the leader in the intelligence community and i think so that the rest of the panel is engaged in a bit of moral posturing here because i think the policy of supporting allied counterterrorism and security services which i think do far more shocking of the
conscious interrogations than everything we know about the eit program for the cia and that went on -- >> when you say "eit" you're talking about enhanced interrogation technique. >> john brennan acknowledged that waterboarding was torture. >> i think waterboarding does shock the conscious and america shouldn't do it and there's a debate 5b9 what constitutes torture and to assert that without accounting a disagreement on it -- >> you can call it torture and i'm not defending it but i'm saying that there's something deeper going on the the u.s. liaison relationship before and after bush with the pakistani services, the egyptian services under mubarak and other countries is probably from a moral perspective, worse than anything that was done in the senior programs with the cia. >> and what you're talking about is the practice of rendition. >> not just that, it's more than rendition. rendition is when you can sure someone in country a. and bring
them to country b. it is the joint operations that exist in total secrecy with these other services, where they pick something up and use u.s. intelligence or use u.s. or something like that and the u.s. steps away and it becomes a local. >> go do your thing and -- train the same people. >> i'll get you thought on that in a second. let's take a quick break. now get $6 back in staples rewards for every ink cartridge you recycle when you spend $50 on hp ink. staples. that was easy. using robotics and mobile technology,
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>> i was going to say one of the reasons mooef people think john brennan is the guy that barack obama wants is because there's a sense of a lot of what's being done in terms of the targeting killings with drones about forced protection. not wanting to put boots on ground to wage the war on terror. and the idea that these operations shouldn't exist in the cia should be done in the pentagon and one of the things the president would need in order to move some of these operation into the pentagon is a willing cia director who wouldn't fight it so if john brennan was willing to allow a
lot of these operations to move into the defense spheres out of the secretive world of the cia that would be a good outcome. >> we have to ask not just should it be done in the cio arrest the pentagon or should it be done at all and i think of four years ago when brennan was going to first be nominated but was forced to withdraw his -- any consideration. and i think of madea benjamin standing up, the protester at code pink, who stood up while he was speaking and she said i speak here to remember the 16-year-old in pakistan killed in a drone attack when he was simply investigating what was happening. he had held a news conference the day before to say what's happening in my country and she said, i speak for 16-year-old alachi, the son of the cleric in yemen. 16 years old born in denver. how was it two weeks after his father was killed he was kill in a drone strike. this goes to john brennan who
was i want natalie involved with this and ultimately to president obama. this whole program of drones, of targeted killings, must be questioned. what madea benjamin said when she stood up is i speak for the constitution and my love of law and order. these are the kinds of debates we should be having. >> and there's no question from all of the warning that john brennan is intimately involved with the target-killing program. every insider account -- >> he chooses the targets. >> in fact, there's a sort of like recurring thin about him as this priest-like presence. this is a "washington post" profile of brennan. some white house aides describe him as a priest-like presence in thinks midst with a moral depth leveled by a dry witt and john rizzo recalled his surfacing in unexpected ways. brennan once questioned rizzo's use of the bcc function in the agency's e-mail system to send a blind copy of a message to a
third party without the primary recipients knowledge. he wasn't joking and he regarded that as underhanded. one of the ways i think the defense of the targets killing program has been carried out by the obama administration is to say, look, we understand we're playing with some dangerous stuff here. we have people, a tremendous moral rectitude and we have an intense internal process and it's sophisticated and rigorous and a legal memo from the olc saying we have the constitutional authority to do this. of course, we don't know anything about what that legal memo looks like or what the actual -- how the list gets drawn up so the maddening then about all this is, yes, we should have the debate about targeting killings and john brennan's role and. >> obama's kill list. >> a debate about all that and yet all of that has been in every turn blocked by the administration and courts from getting out into the public sphere so we're having a debate without the information.
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that's health in numbers. unitedhealthcare. hello from new york. i'm chris hayes and i have msnbc contribute tore joy reed and eli lake chris anders of the aclu and i amy goodwin. we are talking about john brennan. he's been instrumental in devicing the strategy for wage what can is no longer called officially the war on terror but is something. you know, activities in a whole bunch of countries and a lot of targets killing. and one of the questions i think on the table is -- what role he has played in that. and also this kind of accountability question. i wanted to bring into the conversation, we were talking
about the kill list. i also wondered when we talked about accountability, to bring in the story offen. >> -- i think it's important, these two things are happening in the same week. which he's the cia agent on the 25th and he agreed to serve 35 months. he e-mailed the name of a covert cia officer to a reporter and in the midst of a. >> reporter:ing out what was going on with the torture regime in the cia. he's the first current or former cia officer of disclosing classified information to a reporter and he is, as of now, the only person that's going to do jail time for their involvement in the torture regime. no one else is going to see the inside of a jail cell except this guy, who talked to a reporter about what was going on. and then in the same week, someone who is relatively high up in the chain of command at the cia during the period of time is nominated to head the
agency. i think it's one thing to say, to me it's one thing to say as i think you were making the argument before, eli, look, these people put themselves on the line. and they were given legal assurances and the cia has to do their job and if you want to go after anyone you should go after people that -- you said, all these other people are implicated but then to match that with the fact that this dude is going to jail for 30 months because me talked about the program to a reporter so we can know about it? >> he disclosed the departmentity of somebody undercover. >> eli lake, you were a reert. h >> reporter: -- >> i will never defend that. >> i agree with you. i don't like it when there's high-level prosecutions. >> you're a great security reporter. i know things because people talk to you. >> yes, i agree. but i was making the distinction there that from the cia's perspective because i sometimes feel like i have to play that role. >> that's fine. >> and i want to make it very clear no more leak laws. no more leak investigations and
leak to me. bubba i would say that from the cia's permanent they believe that there's a huge distinction between giving up the identity of somebody undercover which is why that law was basically passed after there were, i guess it was the phillip amgy book that identified the cia station in greece. it turned out it looks like the killers knew that before the ag disclosures but nonetheless, there's a huge difference between identifying someone undercover and whose accident e identity is secret and waterboarding someone. >> but that's from the cia perspective. that shouldn't necessarily be the justice department perspective. >> but remember, under president obama, more whistle blowers have been prosecuted than under all other presidents combined. >> but those have been under, we should be clear this that's the espionage act which is different. this is not the espionage act. >> right. >> and we have to remember, too, the vice president of the united states is deputy scooter libby
and carl row were never pree prosecuted for outing a cia undercover. >> and neither was dick armitage. >> here's the point. if we say we want an accountability moment the accountability should have been with the people that crafted the policy in the moush administration and wrote the memo who note the subsequently revoked olc memo that talked about organ failure that is morally ode use in every way. >> it's the president of the united states, president obama, who made the choice that they wouldn't face accountability. here's the president on january 11, 2009, making this argument about moving forward that's become the kind of hallmark with a look. >> i don't believe anybody is above the law. on the other hand, i also have a belief that we need to look forward as looking backwards. and part of my job is to make
sure that, for example, the cia, you've got extraordinarily talented people who are working very hard to keep americans safe. i don't want them to suddenly feel like they've got to spend all their time looking over their shoulders and lawyering. >> i think that's what people should be doing. they should be very concerned about wleernt they would go to jail. last night at riverside church in new york, hundreds gathered to celebrate the 85th birthday of ramsey clark, the former u.s. attorney general. among -- one of the last times i saw ramsey clark was in syracuse. he was testifying at a trial of scores of people, peace activists who had laid down their bodies in front of the has beenford air base, protesting the fact that their drones are directed. their drones, people go in and for people to understand how drones work. you don't have to be in the field. they're on a computer and you're just killing people from the comfort of your -- a mile from
your house. and these people got convicted and ramsey clark, if former u.s. attorney general, was speaking out on their behalf. we have to give voice to, not only the victims, because this doesn't increase our national security. the fact that most people in pakistan see the u.s. as the enemy, it not what most people in the united states understand. they're not supposed to be an enemy. because of the number of drone attacks and a half been going on there, i hope that this john brennan nomination will open up a full discussion about torture and drone wars and what the u.s. is doing. that's what would be productive. >> what is that not going to happen, eli? >> the policy of untiling terrorists widely popular and not just popular from a kind of -- >> it's not terrorists we're talking about the vast majority of the people who were killed are innocent civilians. >> whatever you want to say about the drone program, and i would agree that in all of these calls for more transparency and less secrecy i'm with the left on this. but i would make it very, very
clear that what is the alternative? terms of -- >> to killing innocent people? >> it's not about killing innocent people. a lot of these drone attacks have been successful and the fact of the matter is we don't know because it is -- >> it is shrouded in secrecy. i any a more responsible view. >> eli, stanford and n yochlt u did a study called "living under drones drones." thousands of innocent people have been killed in the drone attacks. when you say we got guilty people and were they tried? >> no. >> there were thousands of people who are innocent? >> you have to look at the fact that the fact that elias cashmerery no longer breathes or bin laden no longer breathes, those are very popular policies. i think it's a reasonable position to say, i want all the data and what the cia knows about its civilian casualties.
how they make these decision and i'm for that. the notion that the entire 3r578 the shroud -- >> and shock and awe dropping cluster bombing all over reek killinged a lot of civilians but we had a president that the said we could wage unlimited war on terrorists, decide who thr and kill them with. whether it's with bunker buster bombs or drones. when the congress of the united states the power to wage war it's rare that an executive gives back power. that's why we have a balance of power in the legislative branch. >> i think an important point. al earn the of the drone program is if hunt for the ambassador in libya which rely on security services that won't help people. >> it's part of -- let me intervene for a moment. i think that's partly a false choice. to be clear you're talking about the authorization for the use of military force which is passed essentially unanimously by congress which gives incredibly broad powertion and was used by
if mush administration and subsequently by the obama administration as the statutory legal basis for much of what they do and their conduct though i'll say and we come back to this, if actual reasoning for why they're able, froins, to -- the white house, to target someone like amar alachi and the ol kriemp olc contends that they have a process that meets the constitutional threshold of due process but we don't know what it looks like because that memo is locked behind secrecy and they won't give it up and a district court judge just ruled they don't have to give it up so i think there's a few -- i want to compartmentalize a few issues because they all run together. the number of civilian casualties of the drone program is a massive ily strooirch consideration and moral consideration. is the ratio of terrorists killed to civilians 1-10, 10-1?
that matters in the calculation. second of all, what do we know about the drone program before we make those moral or strategic valuations. and should we be doing it at all? even if we're doing it in a really efficient way, are there alternatives to targeted killing in other countries? but none of those things can be debated with sophistication ory gore in the absence of the most basic kinds of information that we do not have access to. >> and i think for eli's point about how popular these programs are, the reason that the targeted killing program does poll well is because selective leaks. the only thing people know about the program are what's being put out there as its successes. and the reality of the program and the scope of the program and the failures of the program and legal opinions are all being hidden from the public and they're even being hidden from senators. >> and i'll say this to the final points. again, in these calculations, if
people saw the facebook page of abdul alachi with a facebook page from denver, that the american people killed, right? that would change, i think, people's way of thinking about the program. now, again, you're going to say, obviously, we were not targeting him and it was an accidents and there's collateral damage. >> i'm willing to suspend all that. i agree. we don't know and we need more information. >> but the brennan confirmation hearing could be an opportunity if members of the committee are watching this, could be an opportunity to ask some hard questions about that. eli lake of news week and chris anders of aclu and amy goodwin of democracy now, thank you. >> and a shout-out to the family of aaron schwartz. we'll talk about him in a little while. he was fighting for a more transparents world and he hung snooims one you're of life where wrongdoing has been strongly condemned after this. join the counter revolution and switch to olay pro-x. get cleansing results as effective as a $200 system.
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we've been talking about the lack of accountability for intelligent personals to engaged in or approved of torture and we've seen a similar lack of accountability from wall street to congress to the catholic church. but after more than a decade of massive institutional failures, political dysfunction and incompetence, systemic financial fraud and wars waged on false premises which have gone without official sanction there's one area of american life where wrongdoing has been strongly and unkwoifally condemned. professional sports. this week for the first time in 17 years, the baseball writers association of america chose to elect no one to the baseball hall of fame because so many of the leading candidates, roger clemens and barry bonds, in particular, have been accused of using performance-enhancing drugs and deserving candidates
who never tested positive for steroid use have been shut out from the hall on the mere suspicion they may have cheated. after the hall of fame debachle they announced a more restrictive drug testing program in an effort to put the steroid era as far in the rearview era as possible. bud selig said the new agreement, quote, addresses critical drug issues and symbolizes major league, baseball's vigilance against performance enhancing substances and that the league would continue to do everything it can to main than i a leadership stature in the years ahead. moon while, "usa today" reported yesterday that lance armstrong plans to, quote, make an admission about doping in an interview with oprah winfrey that he'll tape tomorrow. armstrong was stripped of his seven tour de france titles and banned from professional cycling after an investigation of the u.s. doping agency found he used and distributed performance-enhancing drugs. so far he's strenuously denied that he ever engaged in doping.
joining me now is dave z year. re know. author of "game over." and my colleague at the magazine of sports, john mcwhorter. and american studies and columnist at the daily news. and a contributor of espn magazine who wrote a great piece about andrew luck a few weeks ago. >> thanks. >> i think this is such a fascinating kind of microcosm and a look at america. hbc is laundering billions of dollars of drugs for drug kingpins worldwide and they get a settlement and it's on page a-16. a bunch of people approving waterboarding who were shot through the intelligence agencies, right? and like everyone is just freaking out about the baseball players and the example of this is this is documentary filmmaker ken burns. this is him on steroid use by
baseball players. take a look. i have no guarantee that anyone you loved and think is way bof -- sorry. i have no guarantees anyone you love and think is way aboch that "didn't do it." that's why they need to wait and wait and wait because it makes it impossible for us to judge excellence in this era. those blooiv fors should suffer for a while. those mother efers should suffer for a while. what did you think by the decision of the writers not to elect anyone? >> the same writer who is in 1990's turned a blind eye while these records were being set, i thought it was a colossal sham and hypocritical for about a thousand different reasons that we could go after, not the least of where i that the baseball hall of fame is rife with players who are guilty of other kinds of transgressions, to put it mildly. so to put this kind of stamp on the 1990's to pretend the 1990's didn't happen effectively, was something that i thought was a
fraudulent act by the baseball writer's association of america. >> 57d in effect, they're absolving the game itself. not a lack of enforcement. it was becoming obvious not just to the writers but to the teams themselves, that, you know, barry bonds and mark mcgwire and sammy sosa did not just do this in the weight room. they were the first ones to discover a gym or something like that. a way of absolving them. but i think that, although i like the condemnation of cheating and i applaud it with you that this organ of fairness still functions among one class of people, sports fans, the problem is the way the ballots are set up as long as the baseball writers continue to dit they a they remain on the ballot
because they won't get less than 5% and won't get 75% and then they block other worthy people from being considered for their achievements naturally. >> you say lock of enforcement? i say enforcement. baseball games were 2-0, 1-0. and now they're 14-9. you can't tell me that major league baseball didn't like the fact that you have these scores. >> you have basketball and football and high-scoring points and they love the fact that there were a lot of more runs. >> and the home run race in 1998 between mcgwire and sosa was absolutely, no question, great for baseball and we saw attendance go up. revenue went up. it was like the housing bubble. it was the version of the bubble. >> i had a player say to me when it comes to steroids in major league baseball and performance-enhancing drugs drib schun is a team issue but punishment is an individual issue. the idea that the entire weight of the era goes on barry bonds, he's like the 21st century
sports world, this pursued, prosecuted creature and the institution is let off scott-free. >> but i'm not sure why it's wrong. despite all the things done many the past and all the blind eyes that were turned that at this point there's some sort of discipline and some sort of accountability being leveled. this is a again wigenuine quest. now we're disavows what happened before and it's not going to happen again. isn't that a good thing? >> answer that question after this break. [ male announcer ] in blind taste tests, even ragu users chose prego. prego?! but i've bought ragu for years.
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going to get in the hall and this is how we're going to start to put a stake in the ground. >> i thought this was about progress. >> but a small part of me feels like enforcing this accountability, acts as this weapon of mass distraction. saying in american society we'll be moral on the question of barry bonds and lance arm strong. as for the whole lying to go to war in iraq thing or the financial markets, that we're not going to talk about that too much so there's a social fupgs. >> that's the baseball writer problem. >> i think that's true. it's not the writers who are saying that as well but i think it's serves that social function but the bigger issue is the issue of hypocrisy when they're trying to assert this on the '90s when so much of the history of baseball is rife with not only people using performance enhancing drug but a whole era before 1947 where you had the ultimate performance of hitters like pitchers not having to pitch against josh gibson. the institution itself. >> doesn't it make it's easy to do it when so many people dislike barry bonds. it's not like the baseball
writers love barry bonds. he's the perfect villain to take this out on. >> i think you're treading on dangerously moralistically dangerous ground. i agree, the self-righteousness of them that they should suffer is a little over the top but, like, the sport went through, i think, a really did sting lt period there. you can say there were different infractions in the past and people used greenies and amphetamines and we know all that but the comprehensiveness with which institutionally from the top all the way down, this shot through the sport and destroyed the norms and rules within it was distinct and something worthy of accounting. >> but isn't it opposite of moral relativism to say it's immoral to put the weight on the era on mark mcgwire, barry bonds and sammy sosa? the owners aren't returning the money, the $2.5 billion television deals and the hundreds of millions of dollars for funding for stadiums that really did grow out of the steroid era. >> the sport itself does suffer
from the bad reputation it acquired. so there is a price that's paid in the case of the hall of famers that are not going to be hall of famers because of the writer's objections to their steroid using with they'll lose income too. you pay more to have a hauling of fame comment appear at you're memorabilia event or signed card. >> one of the things that's so interesting is it related back to the cia problem. in from the top to the bottom. if fronts line people, cia interrogators or the baseball players taking the juice. and they were supported and facilitated and covered up for by a whole set of structural issues that allowed that continue and then the question is, where is the wreck onning? one of the dangers is wrens fr when you zero in on an individual it looks like
hypocrisy but the other solution looks like the solution with the torture era, we can't go after anyone individually so we'll go after them individually and i think the baseball players in not doing that are -- it's better. i'm with john on that sort of. >> there's a problem in the sense of, it's not like the cia where there's memos about everything and you can discover wap with baseball players this is endone informally and passing things from locker to locker and we don't have good tests from 1989 to 2004 to judge by. so we little rally don't he. we can't know. so if mike piatsa breaks through. >> he had over 50% of the vote, whereas the other big names didn't. >> for those who are not sports guys, he's one of the best power hitting catchers in the history of baseball, hitting catchers
many the history of baseball and he's one of the people who's in the grey area. roger clemens and barry bonds were all sure about what they did but there's a lot of people that have come out and admitted it. piazza has never said he did but there's this obsession with finding it out. here's murray chaz, his white whale that he's hunting with the piaz piazza. in baseball he's long been a steroids suspect. all his teammates and anyone else in us his teammates saw his acne covered back welcome a telltale sign of steroids until baseball started to test for steroids and then the acne magically disappeared. interesting. and then the idea that they wrote about and one of the former teammates of lance armstrong wrote about is the idea of a truth and reconciliation committee is as a way to deal with this period in the sport. i'm barely wearing an! [ female announcer ] the only pad made from a revolutionary material. it absorbs up to 55% more.
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talking about doping scandals in major league baseball and cycling and the reaction and how to sort of deal with an institution that went through a period where there was a lot of moral rot. i want to be very clear in terms of comparing different 'institutions. torture on the moral scale of wrong is way, way, way different than using performance-enhancing drugs. i would never equate the two jous so that's clear but in terms of how an institution deals with what went on within the institution and this is true with wall street and a whole bunch of other things as well and baseball did this thing where they didn't elect anyone to the hall of fame and now the big lance armstrong issue. lance armstrong is fascinating too. the u.s. doping agency issued this comprehensive incredible report and it's pretty -- it's only one side of the story. there's no defense brief to read but lance armstrong comes across like a tony soprano thing. like he's running this criminal
enterprise and bringing people into it and like, you start out and then you get lance armstrong tells you how to start doping and this is this very corrupting aspect to the whole thing and u.s. anti-doping agency ceo travis tiger said, in regard to the truth and reconciliation process i firmly believe you have to reset the sport and have a cleansing period oord. if not the past continues to drip, drip, drip and will dig itself up, a mixed metaphor. people who doped in the past and it could be the recent past have never been held accountable and more likely they are to continue to dope so as long as they're still in the sport and many of them are at some levels as athletes, directors, team owner or maybe in the ranks of the cycling governing body, there's less likely to change. >> there's something to be said. we're talking about baseball players and it might seem somewhat theatrical talking about tony soprano compared to larger issues like drones and
malfeasance on wall street but maybe this serves a purpose. human beings can begin with the visceral. you wuk by a bar and see people watching sports on tv which is alien to me but i see how 30r7b9 these things are to most people, like me at home playing the piano. and lance armstrong, is one powerful personality maybe we can go from this to apply this to more abstract, less visceral issues. there's a lesson to be learned here, i hope. >> something i wanted to say is sports are this working-class past time and sometimes, we're talking about a back stages -- they say sports are a distraction and i think this is exact approximately right. especially polite liberals and the wonk class could learn from sports fans that an intense desire for fairness can be cleansing. no one is looking at barry bonds and saying he's too big to prosecute in this british bank. right? in a sense the dirtiest trick --
>> you're saying retributional impulse you're seeing from fans. >> i'm saying desire for fairness. when you look at the scandals like "too big to fail" it's the dirtiest trick the democrats played on polite liberals by saying that this corruption, this entrenched corruption, is i identified with the well being of everyone. and you actually have to protect it. you have to protect a giant bank from prosecution or from its own failures. >> the two big -- >> from everyone else. >> the too big to fail is major league baseball. i agree with john but i have a different view. to me there's something dangerous about the narrative that says you clean things up by going after the person at the low end of the chain of command. that's like saying abu ghraib is about lindy england and not the scale. and that's why i feel passionately about the way sports sends this message for the country. it's like a stalking horse about how we're going to look at these different issue eshs and when
you have a situation like congress does what the former representative tom lance does, "the theater of the absurd" with the steroid trials and they don't call -- they call one general manager. brian sabian of the giants and zero owners. >> it sends a message. >> and they break the union. >> there's a quote from my book at john mccain going after the player's union. so what do you think of the lance armstrong thing? lance armstrong, you really are going after the cop. and then it took some -- it actually, did, take some risk on the part of the institutional cycling to go after this icon. this guy who was the most successful athlete in his sport in history, a. and b, this amazing story of beating cancer and coming back and winning and, c, was a cultural phenomenon. if you look at 2004 campaign footage. john kerry, has a live strong lance armstrong yellow bracelet
on his arm. there was a time when everybody you ran into in this country had i live strong bracelet on so for them to go back after him -- >> not to cut you we're in a age where nothing is heroic. tiger woods went down. lance armstrong is not a hero. baseball is a lie. and i mean, i think that for parents of kids who play sports, this whole spectacle has been even more depressing because, i just lived in florida which is a factory for little football players and no one talks about the injuries these kids are suffering. the extent to which they're destroying their growing bodies to play this sport because sports has this great iconography which has become a lie. >> like they said in "batman" die a hero or live long enough to become a villain and with the case of lance armstrong it's very specific for two reasons. the first is, you read the report and no other athlete has ever been presented with, there's thank you want to bike with me?
there's things you got to do if you bike with me. it's like, did mario puzzo write this. but the second part is like, my goodness. i have relatives that fought through cancer and that rubber bracelet is a bond which makes me feel like -- lance armstrong if they find out he did anything short of drowning puppies and it would be like, i'll stand up for lance armstrong. >> more on that after we take a break. with an irregular heartb. the usual, bob? not today. [ male announcer ] bob has afib: atrial fibrillation not caused by a heart valve problem, a condition that puts him at greater risk for a stroke. [ gps ] turn left. i don't think so. [ male announcer ] for years, bob took warfarin, and made a monthly trip to the clinic to get his blood tested. but not anymore. bob's doctor recommended a different option: once-a-day xarelto®. xarelto® is the first and only once-a-day prescription blood thinner for patients with afib not caused by a heart valve problem, that doesn't require routine blood monitoring.
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if you hurt people you're cutting off the funds to his charity which does really important work. you know what i mean? and yet, they did it anyway because, i think to their credit, there's a genuinely desire for accountability and i think that's what michael says about how sports pulls out that part of us that hates cheating. >> but a part of us that, and i'm going to be alone on this -- to say said, musada, the anti-doping agency got millions of dollars of taxpayer money to go after someone that's not been a competitive cyclist for five years, hadn't won a tour de france in five or six years so i think it's worth stepping back and saying given where we are in a country is this where we want our resources and obsessions to rely? federal agents look at cyclists like they're -- >> the crotchedy old testament part of me that sees no one get punished for anything for years says -- yes! >> get lance armstrong. >> and i think you and i differ on this but i think there's
something really important ant that and then there's the question of, what do you do about the sport now? right? >> that's the thing, too. if you -- the reason why they haven't awarded any of the seven tour de frances to the seconds-place winners is because seven winners have been implicated. >> this is more about our becoming sort of one community. the internet must have something to do with this in that we would reach this fever pitch and have this kinds of reform. that doesn't have any capitalist motive. it seems to be an uptick in what's considered in morality in this prosecuting the cheating. it's wonderful and it wouldn't have happened before and i'm hoping it starts with baseball, god love baseball, and then blooish move move o to other things. >> baseball needs to get more specific. fred mcgriff, great slugger, first baseman, no evidence that he ever took steroids, he went through his career hitting 30 homers and 100 rbis and should
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in just a moment, what you should know for the week ahead. nominations for this year's aadd my awards this week and the list included several films we talked about on the show. congratulations in order to those involved and the remarkable ground biking "how to survive a play-- "how to surviv plague." and best adapted screen play, one of "lincoln's" 12 nods. and "zero dark thirty", received five nominations including best film. and we'll update you on a story we discussed yesterday. the possibility that the treasury department could, under a little known statute, could make a platinum coin and deposit it to the federal reserve to step aside of a fight with the
debt ceiling and and after the treasury department issued a statement saying that quote, neither the treasury department nor the federal reserve believes the law can or should be used to facilitate the production of platinum coins to avoid the increase in the debt limit. and finally a quick personal update, i'll be in baltimore on wednesday to talk about my book "twilight of the elites." a chapter about the steroids era in baseball and i'll be at pratt library. and you should know aaron schwartz has died of suicide at age 26. his body was found in his apartment on friday. aaron was one of those naturally brilliant precocious hackers who at the age of 14 codeveloped the syndication of rss web protocol and is a key component of the we be's infrastructure. he founded a company to merge
with a user generated social site which is one of the most highly trafficked. reviewed doz. he wrote beautifully and prolifically. he worked with progressive change committee and founded demand progress to keep the internet open and free and the battle to stop and defeat online pirate si act. he created the ice ensing system so many on the internet use. we were fellows for ethics. we would grab lunch, talk politics and ideas and he would talk about books he was planning on writing. he was a 20th century nerd renaissance man. he suffered from depression. he wrote of depression in a post titled "sick." perhaps you have been sad.
your face falls, perhaps you cry. you wonder if it's worth going on. everything you think about seems bleak. the things you have done, the things you hope to do. the people around you. depressed mood is like that. it doesn't come for any reason or go either. go get fresh air, cuddle with a loved one. you don't feel better. upset of feeling the joy everyone else seems to feel. everything is colored by sadness. if you are depressed, you are not alone. there are millions of people suffering from depression and help is available. you should note the time of his death, he was being prosecuted by the federal government and $1 million in fines for the crime of, i am not exaggerating, downloading too many free articles. aaron had used a computer script to massively download articles
he had legitimate access to, almost 5 million in all with the intent to make them free to call. he never did. federal prosecutors dropped a staggering 13 count felony on him for his actions. in a statement about his death, aaron's family and partner wrote, his death is not a simple tragedy. it's the product of the criminal justice system. decisions made by officials in a massachusetts u.s. attorney's office at m.i.t. contributed to his death. it's a reason to revisit the 1986 computer abuse act. the law is far too broad and a good time to take a hard look at massachusetts u.s. attorney who prosecuted him with reckless disproportion vigor and
contemplating a run for governor. we are going to miss you. we are going to miss your mind, righteous heart and sensitive soul. i want to find out what my guests think we should know for the week coming up. joy. >> conservatives are discovering that ronald reagan, the pay troll saint of all things conservative committed an act they are outraged about. in 1967 when he was governor signing the mullford act to this wart the black panthers from armed patrols and banned the carrying of weapons or guns. m mullford was a man who represented uc berkeley. they tried to evict anti-war proteste protesters. he believed they were communists and perverts. >> fascinating entangled roots of gun control. >> there's irony.
>> every year there is a controversial super bowl ad. you should know this year it will be for a company called soda stream. they carbonate beverages. it's an israeli company that exists. the factory exists in the occupy -- it's an illegal settlement in the west bank. this is already leading to a lot of protests that this commercial is going to be played in the super bowl since it's on an illegal settlement. there's a protest in washington, d.c. against soda stream and counter protest by those supporting soda stream and having them on illegal settlements in the west bank. it will show up on the largest possible station in the united states, the super bowl. >> something to look out for, john? >> it's interesting. looking at the story of the obama administration and women got me thinking of women in the arts and the different statistics. we have tina fey and amy poehler
hosting the awards. the upcoming premier of the girl series on hbo. last time, there were five women in the top ten and three women -- i think it's a good thing, too, even if we have discrepancies to make up for. >> i recommend everyone go to "the new york times" and find a series being done on gifted and talented programs in new york city schools. there's no one lesson to be drawn from this. it's a fascinating portrait of a system within a system whether you believe it's segregated by merit or on race. read the reporting. what they have found is that every time a new task is introduced to resolve the problem of racial disparities they increase. >> i have a whole chapter in my
book about the school i went to, a gifted and talented high school here in new york about this issue. that's been fantastic. i want to thank joy reed, dave from the nation, john from columbia university and michael from the american conservative magazine. thank you all. thank you for joining us. we'll be back next weekend at 8:00 eastern time. we'll be on the first road trip in washington, d.c. for the run up to president obama's second inauguration. we will talk to members of the congress and the civil rights activists. we'll deliver the invocation for president obama's inauguration. next is melissa harris perry. she explores what is next for the gun debate. is it a mark of victory for women in a field dominated by men? it's melissa harris perry.
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